Even this Lego house has a rain barrel. You can purchase one of your own at the Washington Conservation District’s annual tree and rain barrel sale on April 24 and 25. (submitted photo)
At 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 25 – Lake Elmo area police are called to the Washington County Fairgrounds after a crowd of local residents swarms conservation district staff during their annual tree and rain barrel sale. Witnesses report that a woman in a tan station wagon leapt out of her car yelling, “No more winter, ever, ever again!” Shortly thereafter, people began jostling one another as they raced to scoop up bundles of trees, rain barrels and compost bins. One man tripped over a weed wrench as he rushed to ask a master gardener about emerald ash borer, and in the ensuing confusion, a rack of informative brochures was knocked to the ground.
Over the past few decades tree diseases such as chestnut blight, Dutch elm disease, and white pine blister rust have received large amounts of attention for their destructive nature and detrimental effects. In many areas, large, beautiful boulevard trees lining city streets have been removed in an attempt to slow the spread of such diseases. Another disease that has become increasingly recognized recently, even though it has been around a long time, is oak wilt.
The advent of computers, smart phones and high-speed internet has allowed us to go places, see things and learn in completely new ways. Technology has also allowed us an interesting view into the world of public safety. The 21st century has introduced us to police officers who can wear body cameras, and record incidents as they happen, helping bring truth and transparency to situations that frequently come with only one point of view.
Two Harding High School seniors recently did one of the hardest things in education: They retained the eager, rapt attention of more than 30 middle school students for 40 minutes. Ismael Kamara and Sheriden Groves, themselves Battle Creek gradu
Now that another youth basketball season is in the books, I find myself reflecting on a single statistic: Zero strangulations.
It wasn’t always easy, but I’m pleased to report I didn’t throttle a single soul while coaching fifth-grade basketball this winter. Not the referees, who — aside from some Wisconsin Rapids zebras eager to serve home cooking -were capable and dedicated.
Minnesota Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson
A Minnesota Department of Human Services website about the dangers of synthetic drug use was recently recognized with a national award.
KnowTheDangers.com received a Silver Award in the 16th annual Web Health Awards program, which recognizes the nation's best digital health resources. It was chosen from nearly 400 entries from organizations such as the National Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and BlueCross BlueShield.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” – Dr. Seuss
Since 2003, Minnesota Reading Corps has helped nearly 150,000 struggling Minnesota students learn to read. The Reading Corps is an AmeriCorps program that provides trained literacy tutors for children age three to grade three. The program uses research-based early literacy to help struggling readers.
There’s some good news for veterans’ families and senior citizens from the State Capitol.
A bill I’m chief authoring, the Retire in Minnesota Act, was approved in the Minnesota House Aging and Long Term Care Policy Committee on Feb. 18. The bill would phase out the Minnesota tax on Social Security income by ten percent per-year for ten years. This would provide $400 million per-year in tax relief to residents who could truly use it.
The temperature hovered one-degree-above zero, though the wind made it feel much colder. As we ran, my dog Molly kept pausing and looking back as if there were someone else behind us. Who, I don’t know, as we did not see one single person outside of their homes or cars in our entire six-mile loop. I suppose she figured that the only reasonable explanation for why we would be outside running on such a miserable day would be if someone or something were chasing us. Then again, perhaps she was right, and the Abominable Snowman or possibly Old Man Winter himself was following us the whole way.